Orienteering (Foot) 1:35:22  5.5 km (17:20 / km) +110m 15:46 / km
US Orienteering Masters Championship; Mille Lacs Kathio State Park, MN. I ran the Green X course. The woods were more open than the model and that was good.
S-1 - I paused on the trail a little, unsure if I'd gotten on the right one. I was having a hard time aligning the trail with what my compass was showing me. At the T-intersection, I went straight and noted my progress as I passed the marsh on the left. I only saw 1 trail crossing so I may have been north of where I expected I was. However, I saw the ridge, crossed the saddle, and descended to the control with no problem.
1-2 - I went a bit left of straight to avoid dropping down to the marshes.
2-3 - I ran on the left side of the marsh that was on the line. Sergei Velichco passed me. I crossed through the light green then went a little further to the control.
3-4 - I went fairly straight on this to the trail, then I used the white forest to the left to get to the control.
4-5 - I used the trail and left it at a slight bend.
5-6 - I got to the first trail, went left on it, and right at the next. This was probably longer in both time and distance, but I reasoned it'd save me energy for later on. I left the trail in the right place to get in-between the marshes. Deadfall pushed me more over the top of the knoll than I'd wanted.
6-7 - I suppose that I had the map flipped and read control #9 as control #6. That got me heading SE when I shoulld have been going NW. The leg from #9 to #10 looked green as many others had talked about afterward. Going SE from #6, I found green forest and just reasoned that I needed to push through it as fast as I could, and that it'd be better on the other side. What I was doing was crossing the marsh in what was mapped as scattered rough-open. It was really very green compared to other green on the map. When I finally did get to the other side, it took me a while to figure out what had happened, and I couldn't relocate. Eventually I surmised the old 9/6 problem and wasn't feeling happy about the 2 controls being somewhat close together. It's not supposed to happen. I crossed the marsh and green forest again, but this time in a different place. It was more open with a lot of fallen logs that I walked on. I didn't know where I was still when I got across. I kept moving and got to the ridge south of #7, which was easily recognizable. From there I went straight to the the control. I lost lots of time on this leg. AP only shows me losing 19 minutes but it was more.
7-8 - I went fairly straight and had a good sense of how high I was but I did climb a little higher than necessary.
8-9 - I was feeling tired and when I left #8, I wasn't very careful with my bearing. I knew I was off to the right so I corrected left as I climbed the first hill. I wasn't seeing the mapped knoll as I'd expected to. I started feeling that I hadn't corrected to the left enough, as I descended, and that I'd gone around the second marsh, not between the two. I actually had passed between both marshes as on the straightest route. I cut left more, following the edge of the marsh from a distance. A lot of my errors in other places have been from not going far enough, and I'd had trouble sensing distance on this terrain. I pushed myself further than I thought I should, again second guessing myself. Eventually I realized that I was back near #7 and had made almost a big circle. I cut back and went straight to the control after this. I probably lost over 6 minutes on this leg :(.
9-10 - I went through the green and had found the elephant trails that let me run/jog most of the way. I wasn't feeling in contact at the end but didn't lose much.
10-11 - I got to the trail, then left it at the bend. Following the edge of the big marsh to the left, I kept moving and spiked the control.
11-12 - I followed the edge of the first marsh to the right, then crossed the ridge going up the small reentrant that was under the leg line. I spiked it.
12-13 - I started to go straight, then thought better of it. I cut back and went NW of #12 until I hit the trail. I wasn't feeling very confident, I was tired, and by this point, my right knee was hurting. I hadn't been running this long for a long time. I decided to use the trail. It was much longer. In retrospect, I should have crossed the firs trail that I hit, and gotte to the field area. I really was dragging coming in but several people, including Peggy could be heard cheering me in.
Overall I enjoyed the terrain and course. I was both dissapointed about the course and what I'd done leaving #6. It would have been a much different story had I been more careful. I finished 8th in my age group with little chance to medal.